Hereafter

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Overview

Director Clint Eastwood delves into the mysterious world of the hereafter with this ensemble supernatural drama starring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Jay Mohr, and Bryce Dallas Howard. In the wake of a near-death experience during a powerful tsunami, French television reporter Marie De France takes her married lover's advice to pen the political book she has always talked about writing. As hard as Marie tries to stay focused on the task at hand, however, she repeatedly finds her attention diverted to scientists ...
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Overview

Director Clint Eastwood delves into the mysterious world of the hereafter with this ensemble supernatural drama starring Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Jay Mohr, and Bryce Dallas Howard. In the wake of a near-death experience during a powerful tsunami, French television reporter Marie De France takes her married lover's advice to pen the political book she has always talked about writing. As hard as Marie tries to stay focused on the task at hand, however, she repeatedly finds her attention diverted to scientists who have been stigmatized for investigating the afterlife. Meanwhile, in America, reluctant psychic George Matt Damon struggles in vain to cease using his powers for profit while falling for a gorgeous stranger Bryce Dallas Howard. All the while, his greedy brother Jay Mohr prods him to milk his ability for all it's worth. Over in London, a pair of inseparable twins is forcibly parted by tragedy when one of them dies suddenly. The harder the more introverted surviving twin Frankie McLaren attempts to reach out to his deceased brother in the afterlife, the deeper his mom sinks into heroin addiction. When his mother goes into rehab, the grieving boy is placed in foster care, and begins succumbing to his corrosive ennui.
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Special Features

Tsunami! Recreating a disaster, Hereafter's locations - casting the silent characters and the Eastwood experience
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
For all his reputation as a gritty, rough-and-tumble man's man, Clint Eastwood has shown a consistent tastefulness in his directorial career. He rarely gets drawn into operatic emotional highs, and this quality suits him well with Hereafter, a gentle movie very much about overpowering feelings of love and loss and fear. The movie opens with an exhilarating and terrifying sequence involving a tsunami that tears through a resort town; caught in the disaster is French investigative reporter and television personality Marie Cécile De France, whose near-death experience affords her a glimpse of the afterlife. After this throat-grabber of an opening, Eastwood shifts to a struggling British family where twin boys attempt to hide their single mother's drug addiction from the social service workers who want to place the two in foster care. After tragedy strikes one of the boys, the movie switches to San Francisco, where George Matt Damon, a retired psychic who can speak to the dead, allows his brother to talk him into giving a reading to a business partner. Peter Morgan's screenplay takes a novelistic approach to the characters -- we spend long sequences with each of them, instead of cutting quickly back and forth. The film's relaxed tone allows us to get a sense of their day-to-day lives before dropping the supernatural elements of the story onto them. Damon benefits the most from this style, particularly because his character has the most compelling storyline; George realizes that a life spent talking about death is no life at all. He repeatedly tells his financially inclined brother that this special ability is a curse, not a gift, and that appears to be true in the movie's best scene -- a date George has with a fellow cooking student Bryce Dallas Howard, who, after learning about his talents, begs for a reading. The last half of the film is admittedly not as strong as the first. Clunky plot machinations bring the three main characters together, but once that happens, their final scenes together -- particularly the one between George and the surviving twin -- recapture what's best about Hereafter, namely, its quiet, reassuring tone. It's a movie that accepts that death is inevitable, and we can either focus on that sadness or live our lives. It's not terribly deep, and it's not terrifically insightful, but it is a very well-acted and reassuring message.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • UPC: 883929140015
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,937

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon George Lonegan
Cécile De France Marie Lelay
Frankie McLaren Marcus, Jason
George McLaren Marcus, Jason
Jay Mohr Billy
Bryce Dallas Howard Melanie
Richard Kind Christos
Lyndsey Marshal Jackie
Derek Jacobi Himself
Marthe Keller Dr. Rousseau
Jenifer Lewis Candace
Andy Gathergood Jackie's Friend
Helen Elizabeth Jackie's Friend
Thierry Neuvic Didier
Stéphane Freiss Guillaume Belcher
Joe Bellan Tony
Sean Buckley Dr. Meredith
Paul Antony-Barber Nigel
Jack Bence Ricky
Cyndi Mayo Davis Island Hotel Clerk
Lisa Griffiths Stall Owner
Jessica Griffiths Island Girl
Ferguson Reid Rescuer
Derek Sakakura Rescuer
Charlie Creed-Miles Photographer
Rebekah Staton Social Worker
Declan Conlon Social Worker
Marcus Boyea Teenager
Franz Drameh Teenager
Tex Jacks Teenager
Taylor Doherty Teenager
Mylene Jampanoi Reporter Jasmine
Laurent Bateau TV Producer
Calum Grant Factory Worker
Steven R. Schirripa Cooking Teacher Carlo
Tom Beard Priest
Jean-Yves Berteloot Publishing Executive Michael
Niamh Cusack Foster Mother
George Costigan Foster Father
Claire Price Marcus' Teacher
Surinder Duhra Islamic Teacher
Audrey Brisson Hospice Receptionist
Jess Murphy Dying Woman
Michael Cuckson Hospice Husband
Jennifer Thorne Hospice Mother
Barry Martin Hospice Father
Charlie Holliday Union Rep
John Nielsen Factory Supervisor
Anthony Allgood Visitor
Mathew Baynton College Receptionist
Pearce Quigley Channeler
Meg Wynn Owen Mirror Lady
Selina Cadell Mrs. Joyce
Tom Price Man
Celine Sallette Secretary
Celia Shuman Neighbor
Joanna Croll Tour Guide
Tim Fitzhigham Bearded Author
Chloe Bale Hotel Receptionist
Gennady Loktionov Conductor
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Score Composer, Producer
David Bernstein Asst. Director
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Joel Cox Editor
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Robert Lorenz Producer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Walt Martin Sound Mixer
Peter Morgan Executive Producer, Screenwriter
James Murakami Production Designer
Gary D. Roach Editor
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Tim Moore Executive Producer
Fiona Weir Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hereafter
1. Chapter 1 [9:16]
2. Chapter 2 [9:19]
3. Chapter 3 [9:46]
4. Chapter 4 [10:14]
5. Chapter 5 [9:59]
6. Chapter 6 [8:52]
7. Chapter 7 [:50]
8. Chapter 8 [10:55]
9. Chapter 9 [10:16]
10. Chapter 10 [10:00]
11. Chapter 11 [9:44]
12. Chapter 12 [9:59]
13. Chapter 13 [10:12]
14. Chapter 14 [2:57]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hereafter
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Tsunami! Recreating a Disaster
      Hereafter's Locations - Casting the Silent Characters
      The Eastwood Experience
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English (for the Hearing Impaired)
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Suspenseful and Very Intriguing

    I am a BIG fan of Matt Damon, and I also love the supernatural. The one thing I would like to see done differently is the ending. It kind of leaves you hanging, but that is in line with the topic of life after death. Unless someone has experienced a near-death experience, she doesn't know what happens for sure. I want to watch it a second time to see all of the things that I missed in the first viewing. This is one of my favorite Matt Damon films.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Ugh

    The first scene of this movie is the only part worth sitting through. It has what is possibly the worst score ever. During serious moments, weird cheesy elevator music starts playing. Ugh, the whole movie. Just ugh. Don't waste your time.

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    Posted April 27, 2011

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